Book publishing is the largest cultural industry in Europe with a 23 billion annual turnover and a production of more than half a million new titles each year.
Publishers are increasingly impacted by the electronic environment, not only in the production of their books but also by consumers’ expectations to be able to access books on any device or any platform they may choose. Interoperability is key to allowing the consistent use of different devices and platforms and allow consumer choice. Standards are a critical means to achieve interoperability and are therefore an important potential tool for the publishing industry.
At this early stage of the development of reading on electronic devices, the European Commission together with CEN and FEP has organised an expert seminar open to all stakeholders. The aim is to explore critical standards and related challenges in relation to electronic publishing. The seminar will address issues such as publishing workflow and production software, metadata standards, distribution and end-user requirements. Audience participation and panel reactions will explore how an improved standards effort will help electronic publishing to achieve its full potential.
Important Information: The conference took place on 17 June 2009 at the Club de la Fondation Universitaire Rue d’Egmont 11 B-1000 BRUSSELS http://www.universityfoundation.be/